Australians in remote areas are twice as likely to smoke daily, engage in risky drinking and use methamphetamines than those in cities, according to figures to be
Senior journalists at the ABC were called into a meeting with management on Monday afternoon and told a quarter of them would lose their jobs.
Clive Palmer has welcomed Jacqui Lambie’s resignation from the Palmer United Party describing it as a “good outcome” and one which “pre-empted” any move by the party to force her out.
Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott are hoping a re-alignment of crossbench numbers and a worsening revenue picture might lead to a more cooperative parliament entering the final sitting fortnight of 2014. As the Treasurer prepares to unveil his crucial Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook snapshot of the budget and economy in Mid-December, the government is struggling with very poor public support, and a record of legislative failure on key aspects of its budget plan.
The head of the ABC Mark Scott has committed to sticking around for the remaining 18 months of his contract to oversee a tumultous period at the broadcaster.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied he has broken a pledge not to cut funding to the ABC and SBS, telling Parliament his government had "fundamentally kept faith with the Australian people".
ABC staff confronting forced redundancies consoled each other with hugs after managing director Mark Scott announced on Monday that more than 400 jobs will be cut.
Jacqui Lambie has resigned from the Palmer United Party, effective immediately.
Senator Lambie arrived at Parliament House with little fanfare on Monday and without the makeover that has been much-hyped by her office.
Department of Employment is asking staff to choose between a lower pay rise or more job cuts.